MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Handicap International built its first
pyramid of shoes as a sign of protest against landmines and cluster munitions
and as a symbol of solidarity toward the victims of landmines. It was last
Saturday, September 8th, at the Emilie Gamelin Park in Montreal (Berri
By joining Handicap International, everyone was invited to bring a pair
of shoes in order to build a pyramid of shoes. In addition to its activist and
Peace rally dimensions, the event was also a festive and joyful experience.
The public was able to appreciate exciting bands that performed all day,
especially the Hyposmics and the Psychotropical Orchestra. There were
activities for everyone: the day offered children's activities, African
dancers, and landmine clearing demonstrations with Serge Effantin, a mine
clearing expert who came from France for the occasion. NGOs such as Médecins
du Monde and Amnesty International held information booths at the event.
Several speakers came to give speeches in order to raise awareness about the
problem of landmines and cluster munitions, in particular Sothea, a Cambodian
who spoke about his difficult experience during the war in Cambodia.
Our objectives were reached!
(*) More than 500 people attended the event.
(*) More than 1000 pairs of shoes were gathered at the end of the day in
order to be sent to developing countries.
(*) About 500 people signed the petition.
(*) More than 40 volunteers came to the event to help us out.
(*) More than 1000 posters and 3000 flyers were placed and distributed
all around Montreal
About Handicap International
Handicap International is a non-governmental, non religious and
non-political organization that works with people with disabilities in a
variety of contexts to offer them assistance and support in their efforts to
become self-reliant. Since its creation, this non-profit organization has set
up programs in about 60 countries and has provided aid in many emergency
situations. It has offices in the United States, France, the United Kingdom,
Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Canada since 2003. These
offices provide human and financial resources, manage humanitarian projects,
and raise awareness about the issue. HI is a co-founder of the Cluster
Munitions Coalition and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was
awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.
For more details, please visit our website at :
We would like to thank our precious partners Basha, Café Vienne, CERTEX,
Discount, la ville de Montréal, Le Groupe Aldo, Les Palettes Laurentiennes et
M&M Foot wear.
For further information:
For further information: Nancy DeGraff, (514) 908-2813 ext 222,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Sandrine Guillot, (514) 908-2813 ext